[ fuh-keer, fey-ker ]
/ fəˈkɪər, ˈfeɪ kər /


a Muslim or Hindu religious ascetic or mendicant monk commonly considered a wonder-worker.
a member of any Islamic religious order; dervish.


Nearby words

  1. fake book,
  2. fake news,
  3. fakeer,
  4. faker,
  5. fakery,
  6. fal la,
  7. falafel,
  8. falange,
  9. falangist,
  10. falasha

Also fa·keer [fuh-keer] /fəˈkɪər/.

Origin of fakir

First recorded in 1600–10, fakir is from the Arabic word faqīr poor

Can be confusedfaker fakir

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British Dictionary definitions for fakir


faqir fakeer (fəˈkɪə)

/ (fəˈkɪə, ˈfeɪkə) /


a Muslim ascetic who rejects wordly possessions
a Hindu ascetic mendicant or holy man

Word Origin for fakir

C17: from Arabic faqīr poor

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Word Origin and History for fakir



c.1600, from Arabic faqir "a poor man," from faqura "he was poor." Term for Muslim holy man who lived by begging, misapplied in 19c. English (possibly under influence of faker) to Hindu ascetics. Arabic plural form fuqara may have led to variant early English forms such as fuckiere (1630s).

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